As Victor of League’s East Central Conference, U-19 Side to Represent Indiana’s Team in Inaugural Tournament from Dec. 2-5 in Tampa
TAMPA/INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, November 4, 2021) – The United Soccer League (USL) today announced the eight-team field that will compete for the title of 2021 USL Academy League Champions during the league’s playoffs to be held from Dec. 2-5 in the Tampa area.
That list of competitors includes the Indy Eleven squad that captured the East Central Region’s regular season title during the USL Academy League’s inaugural 2021 season. The Indy Eleven team containing players from the U-15 through U-19 ranks captured the East Central race by ending the season with a 6W-3L-0D record, its 18 points allowing the squad to finish three points clear of second-place Louisville City FC.
Joined by Indy Eleven at the USL Academy Playoffs is Queensboro FC (Northeast), Southern Soccer Academy (Southeast), New Mexico United (Southwest), Charlotte Independence (Atlantic), Weston FC (Florida), San Antonio FC (South Central) and AC Connecticut (Wildcard). Seven earned berths by winning their respective regional division; AC Connecticut qualified as the team with the best points per game among all second-place finishers.
“The entire Indy Eleven organization congratulates the young men who have represented our club in impressive fashion throughout our first season of USL Academy play. We wish them continued success and invite our fans to join in supporting this promising group of Boys in Blue during the playoffs in Tampa next month,” said Indy Eleven President & CEO Greg Stremlaw.
The international-style tournament features two groups of four, with each team playing three group phase matches December 2-4 at the Waters Sports Complex, home to USL League Two’s Tampa Bay United.
2021 USL Academy League Playoffs – Competing Teams
New Mexico United (Southwest)
AC Connecticut (Wildcard)
Southern Soccer Academy (Southeast)
Charlotte Independence (Atlantic)
Queensboro FC (Northeast)
Indy Eleven (East Central)
Weston FC (Florida)
San Antonio FC (South Central)
The winning teams from Group A and Group B will square off in the USL Academy League Final on Sunday, December 5 at 6:30 p.m. ET at Al Lang Stadium in Saint Petersburg, home of USL Championship’s Tampa Bay Rowdies. Streaming information will be shared at a later date.
The six teams that do not advance to the Final will play a fourth match on Dec. 5, with the seventh place and fifth place games taking place at 11:00 a.m. ET at the Waters Sports Complex, while the third-place game will kick off at 3:30pm ET at Al Lang Stadium as a prelude to the USL Academy Final. For a breakdown of the full schedule and results, please visit www.usl-academy.com/playoffs.
Indy Eleven established a high bar for success in USL Academy action this past May, when the club’s U-13 and U-17 Boys entries qualified for their respective age groups’ finals during the USL Academy Cup, also held in the Tampa area. For all USL Academy competitions in 2021, Indy Eleven has partnered with the acclaimed Indiana Fire Academy (IFA) program based out of Westfield to establish the squads representing Indiana’s Team at the youth levels.
Following is the 23-player roster and coaching staff that will represent Indy Eleven during the USL Academy League Playoffs:
Adam Andres – Terre Haute, Ind.
Palmer Ault – Noblesville, Ind.
Nate Bessinger – Edwardsburg, Mich.
Benji Chavarria – Elkhart, Ind.
Carson Cooke – Lafayette, Ind.
Amari Fowlkes – Carmel, Ind.
Kabiru Gafar – Indianapolis, Ind.
Will Kirchhofer – Fishers, Ind.
Giovanni Leon – Indianapolis, Ind.
Cole Little – Indianapolis, Ind.
Colin Mackey – Indianapolis, Ind.
Exode Minga – Fort Wayne, Ind.
Breckin Minzey – South Bend, Ind.
Denis Paz – Elkhart, Ind.
Gavin Raff – Zionsville, Ind.
* Ecris Revolorio – Washington, Ind.
Mark Robinson – Louisville, Ken.
Diego Rodriguez – Edwardsburg, Mich.
* Diego Sanchez – Indianapolis, Ind.
* Alex Svetanoff – Crown Point, Ind.
Kade Tepe – Oregonia, Ohio
* Alann Torres – Elkhart, Ind.
Ednilson Voiles – Plainfield, Ind.
Head Coach: Kiki Wallace
Goalkeeper Coach: Jon Busch
Assistant Coach: Josh Kremers
Athletic Trainer: Josh Frankham
* denotes player signed to a USL Academy contract in 2021 by Indy Eleven’s USL Championship team
Established in 2019, the USL Academy program provides an elite youth platform to offer United Soccer League member clubs in the Championship, League One, and League Two. The setup comprises three key components – the Academy Cup, the Academy League, and USL Academy contracts – that allow clubs to develop a more clearly defined path for top youth prospects in their area to reach the professional level and sign directly with their senior team.